Traditional Architecture, Design and Documentation

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Office History

Since our work constantly focuses on creating a sense of place, I thought I'd feature our place, the Meleca office. 

144 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio
According to the Franklin County Auditor's site, in 1923, the building was owned by Columbus attorney Rutherford H. Platt who owned extensive real estate throughout Columbus. 

Rutherford H. Platt

144 E State Street on far left

Platt's mother was sister to U.S. President Rutherford B. Hayes.  The auditor site indicates Platt heirs owned the building until the year 2000.

The date of the above photo is unknown and our search for more have been unsuccessful.   This view is looking northwest from the intersection of E. State and 4th Street.  If you look closely, you can see awnings on the front windows.  We hope to replicate one day.

We purchased the downtown office building four years ago.  After a year of extensive renovations - we moved in. 

Entry before

Entry after

We kept as much of the original structure as we could.  And our traditional style is expressed throughout.  

Lobby before

Lobby after

Board Room


Agora looking into Drafting Room

Drafting Room before

Drafting Room after
The drafting room features original wood rafters and an exposed steel truss which was discovered during demolition.  Skylight was added during construction.

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